Tween is a Talented Singer/ Songwriter
Adele, Pink, Katy Perry are singers/songwiters that 12 year old Mozart loves, but she too is a prolific songwriter/singer and musician who has been composing songs since she was four...and she writes them in 3 languages..Mandarin, Spanish and English! Last year she won a trophy at a 1000-kid Chinese high school singing competition and was the youngest competitor to become a finalist.
SINGING, COMPOSING AND ACTING ON TV
She admires how Selena Gomez sings in two languages and acts on TV ( since Mozart was in a TV series once with Japanese star Maako/ 運行) and enjoyed that.
Mozart has always had a passion for composing music and the songs just come to her, but this is the first one we have put online because we are celebrating the birthday of a very dear friend and this is the gift she wanted to give - straight from her heart:
NO TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE IN SINGING OR SONGWRITING
Mozart's never had any training in songwriting or singing, so it all comes from within and we are just trying to figure out how to nuture this talent ( which neither parent has) and finding a voice teacher and mentors.
TALENT AND INTEREST IN MUSIC AND PERFORMING FROM BABYHOOD
As you know from our world travels these last 8 years, she has been playing violin since she was 23 months old ( including around the world with a viral Youtube video) and piano since she was three...including concerts for both and dancing in the Nutcracker at three as she especially enjoyed performance even then. That said, we are not the type to insist she slave over hours long music practice or any other kind of grueling practice in childhood.
HOW DOES A CHILD DISCOVER THEIR TALENTS?
Mozart loves and excels at advanced math, science and reading in 3 languages, but is also a very playful, creative child who loves art, making toys & things and most of all singing, songwriting, acting and public speaking. She has initiated and found most of the opportunities on her own.
UNCANNY MUSICAL SENSE
I've written before about how Mozart had an uncanny musical sense and desire even as a tiny baby and started asking for opera at a year old...( shocking us) and likely saw more operas and Shakespeare plays in toddlerhood than most people see in a lifetime.
Mozart standing up totally on her own initiation at 5 months old, clapping to the music
MAKING DECISIONS AND CHOICES IN LIFE & HOW MOZART GOT HER NICKNAME
That standing and clapping to the music as a 5 month old is how she got the nickname Mozart (from the other Moms in the class).
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF MIXING A TRAVEL LIFE AND MUSIC
It might sound fun raising a gifted child while traveling the world, but the decisions are not always easy and she might have been better supported at times being in just one location for her music.
1ST KID SINCE WOLFGANG ARMADEUS MOZART TO TRAVEL WORLD WITH PIANO AND VIOLIN
That said, there certainly have been advantages to our travel lifestyle and she is the first kid since
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to travel the world extensively for a long time with a piano and violin and those experiences certainly enrich creativity too.
ADVANTAGES TO SLOW TRAVEL AND WORLDSCHOOLING
The advantage of slow travel and worldschooling is it allows us to take time for things like joining choirs, doing plays, more public speaking and chances to perform in different languages, but we have also managed to find online violin and piano teachers when we are traveling the world and have a full digital piano in our RV in Europe and keep a keyboard in Asia.
Traveling is amazing for language learning, adventures and growing up trilingual, but trickier with music...even a dream lifestyle has pros and cons and endless "workarounds" to keep you on your toes.
MOZART IS TAKING ADVANCED MUSICAL THEORY CLASSES AT JHU-CTY
Right now she is loving taking an advanced high school music theory class online through Johns Hopkins University CTY with Dr. Jolie Lin ( PhD from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory in piano performance) who has given her glowing reports like:
"Your written assignments have been outstanding thus far. Your notation is always clear
and easy to read and your work was always completed with a high degree of attention
and accuracy. You also make it a point to make sure you understand concepts and take
criticism and feedback very well.
I hope you continue in music as you are very musical" - Jolie Lin
CAN NON-MUSICIANS RAISE A MUSICIAN?
Since we are not musicians, it is not always easy to know how best to support her talents and love of music, so like most things, we are playing it by ear. She is currently starring in a middle school play where she has a singing solo at a nearby International school ( even though she is homeschooled now) and adoring that process, the teacher and other kids involved.
SUPPORTING A PREFORMANCE ARTIST -ACTOR/SINGER/SONGWRITER/MUSICIAN
I can't even imagine coming up with the lyrics or music for a song, so like most of her creative processes, I delight in being able to be a witness into her magical world. One of the joys of parenting, eh?
We've purposefully avoided the extensive child-performing things up to this point, as we wanted to give her an optimal childhood and foundation, but as she is getting older she really wants to do more. Also, singing/acting is a very early-peak kind of career, especially with females, so most top artists today start in their tweens, teens or earlier and it is funny to see on things like American Idol, 25 is considered "old".
HOW DO YOU OR WOULD YOU SUPPORT A CHILD'S MUSCIAL OR ARTISTIC TALENTS AND INTEREST?
WE'D LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK
Would you like to see more of Mozart singing/songwriting? Should we do it more professionally, like in a studio next time for better sound quality? Would you be interested in her Spanish and Chinese songs too? Are you interested in covers or just original songs? Mozart has been wanting to learn guitar, but we're not sure if that means we should drop the violin or not.
IS A TV SHOW OR MOVIE OR SINGING IN OUR FUTURE?
We are in talks and negotiations at the moment with TV/Film producers/directors/entertainment lawyers etc. behind the scenes, so considering many things and will keep you posted as we know more. We'd love your feedback ( and do take the time to enjoy these videos)!